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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Copaken Kogan Narrator: Jennifer Cohn, Jennifer Ikeda, Kate Udall, Kathleen McInerney, Robert Petkoff, Susan Bennet Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Big Chill meets The Group in Deborah Copaken Kogan’s wry, lively, and irresistible new novel about a once-close circle of friends at their twentieth college reunion.

Clover, Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Clover, homeschooled on a commune by mixed-race parents, felt woefully out of place. Addison yearned to shed the burden of her Mayflower heritage. Mia mined the depths of her suburban ennui to enact brilliant performances on the Harvard stage. Jane, an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, made sense of her fractured world through words.

Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Clover, once a securities broker with Lehman, is out of a job and struggling to reproduce before her fertility window slams shut. Addison’s marriage to a writer’s-blocked novelist is as stale as her so-called career as a painter. Hollywood shut its gold-plated gates to Mia, who now stays home with her four children, renovating and acquiring faster than her director husband can pay the bills. Jane, the Paris bureau chief for a newspaper whose foreign bureaus are now shuttered, is caught in a vortex of loss.

Like all Harvard grads, they’ve kept abreast of one another via the red book, a class report published every five years, containing brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. But there’s the story we tell the world, and then there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their twentieth reunion weekend, when they arrive with their families, their histories, their dashed dreams, and their secret yearnings to a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Destined to be a classic.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Utterly engrossing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • The Big Chill for the Facebook generation.”

    Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucy Montgomery | 2/17/2014

    " I loved The Red Book! It was a great read on so many levels -- from the reference to the legendary Grateful Dead "Cornell '77" show on page one to the philosophical reflections of the eulogizing reunion attendees at the end. I grew up in Addison's world but related in some way to all the major characters. I laughed, I cried and I felt like I grew up right along with them (which I did -- also having graduated from college in 1989). The book was so real, a dead-on description of my micro-generation from our late teens to mid-40s (and I so appreciated never once being described as Gen X). Ms. Kogan captures our youthful attitudes and experiences as well as our grown-up issues and realizations. The writing is on the lighter side of literary, but the content is quite profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Summer Shaud | 2/8/2014

    " For any Harvard College alumni, this book about 4 friends at their 25th reunion is a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/30/2014

    " Very enjoyable. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber Polo | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the stories interwoven using the Harvard reunion red book connections. I felt Kogan gave a glimpse into a group of Harvard grads twenty years later. Not a portrait of a cross section of an age group, but Harvard grads, some privileged and some not. It might have worked without the bio forms, but I loved that part. "

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About the Author

Deborah Copaken Kogan worked as a photojournalist from 1988 to 1992, and her photographs appeared in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, L’Express, Liberation, and Geo, among many other international newspapers and magazines. She spent the next six years in TV journalism, including a time as a producer for Dateline NBC. Her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and elsewhere. She is a Harvard alumna. She lives in New York City with her husband, Paul Kogan, and their three children.